Performing since 1986 with imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has been hailed as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) . Through the foursome’s extraordinary and equally matched abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines, and laser-like purity. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” says composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”
Comprised of Maja Radovanlija, Benjamin Kunkel, Joseph Hagedorn, and Wade Ode, the quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles which performs the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works as well as its own brilliant arrangements, performing in recital in music festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S. as well as the National Arts Center in Mexico City. Concerto appearances include the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Austin and Columbus symphonies. In 2015, the quartet performs at the Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. As sought-after teachers and collegiate faculty members, the quartet conducts frequent master classes and workshops and is heard on national radio programs.
Meet the Quartet:
Serbian-born Maja Radovanlija has performed extensively as an international solo and chamber musician, touring Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia, Greece, Tunisia, Switzerland, and other European countries; in 2011 she was appointed to the guitar faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Music.
Benjamin Kunkel is an active solo and chamber musician, frequently appearing in concert across the United States, and often collaborating with the acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral group, The Mirandola Ensemble. He is a passionate advocate of new music and works closely with composers to premiere their works and expand the classical guitar’s repertoire.
Joseph Hagedorn, one of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet’s founding members, has largely been responsible for the growth and development of this ensemble since its inception in 1986. Joseph’s solo and concerto appearances have taken him to more than 25 American cities and to Canada. In 1990, he was the winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America solo competition, resulting in a national concert tour.
A passionate performer, composer, arranger, and teacher, Wade Oden has performed widely as part of the Voce y Cuerdas duo in varied repertoire including music of Brazil, Hawaii, Spain, and Italy, as well as in new works by composers Chris Gable, Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett and Todd Harper.
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